Friday, December 2, 2016

Teen Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Here is the first review from our teen reviewer Zoe, we are very happy to welcome her to the reviewing team:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury is a haunting dystopian novel. This book really makes you look at the future with a new perspective. In the book, Bradbury describes a terrifying world. People are not supposed to think. Books are burned instead of read. There are new inventions, like wall TVs and cars whose normal speeds are 130 mph, but while these inventions sound amazing, in the book they corrupt the society that uses them. People are so fixated on their screens, they don't notice the world around them.

We follow Guy Montag, a married “fireman”, whose job is to burn the possessions of people who read books. One night while coming home from work, he meets his new neighbor Clarisse McClellan. She has a different perspective on life, which causes Guy to question his own perceived happiness. As days go by, Guy starts to meet Clarisse every day after work. One day at a burning, he steals a book without anyone noticing. He hides it in his house, and the secret starts to eat him up. Montag tells his wife about the book he stole, and that he has stolen many others. He decides that they should read them to see if they are really as bad as everyone says. To find out what happens next, you’ll have to read the book.

Fahrenheit 451 gives you a glimpse of what our lives could look like in the future. I loved Ray Bradbury’s writing style. The way he holds back certain bits of information to make the story more exciting and suspenseful makes you want to keep reading. Every few pages a new plot twist would occur, making the end especially surprising.  This book never has a dull moment, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes dystopian fiction and/or sci-fi. 


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